Father-to-be Matt Stout Wins RunItUp Reno Main Event for $70,000

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Father-to-be Matt Stout Wins RunItUp Reno Main Event for $70,000
29 Oct

Soon-to-be father Matt Stout took down the RunItUp Reno Main Event yesterday, scooping $70,000 after defeating popular poker vlogger and Team Run It Up Ambassador Kevin Rob Martin heads-up for the title…

Steve Schault of the RunItUP blog provided excellent coverage of the $600 buy-in flagship event that drew 687 entries at the Peppermill Casino in northern Nevada, revealing that it was Stout’s 8-months pregnant girlfriend Brittney (Barnes) who was behind the trip to RIU.

“She actually wanted to come up here even though she’s eight months pregnant because she’s always wanted to play Run It Up,” Stout explained on the RIU blog. “I wanted to at least appease her and fire one before the baby comes and it’s a little tougher to travel, but it worked out just fine.”

It proved to be an excellent decision, Barnes herself running very well and cashing for $1,020 in 87th spot, but it was Matt who went all the way to the finishing line, stating afterwards:

“I feel great right now. It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of heartache in tournament and once a year or every two years you get to feel like a genius again.”

Although his focus has been on cash games and charity tournaments for a while now, and with a child on the way, Stout’s victory should still come as no great surprise - $4million to his name in live tournament cashes, with a list as long as your arm on the Hendon Mob website going all the way back to 2006.

Kevin Martin, who narrowly missed out on the title, walked off with $48,210 and topped his best-ever live score from this August – a victory at the Summer Super Stack in Calgary – and is flourishing as part of the RunItUp team

 Final Table Results:

1Matt Stout
2Kevin Martin
3Sok Chean
4Anthony Yeh
5Kyle Besaw
6Ilana Creed
7Deb Swift
8Dan Chevrie

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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